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be•nev•o•lence



Pronunciation: (bu-nev'u-luns), [key]
n.
1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
3. Eng. Hist.a forced contribution to the sovereign.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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